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Guy Verner Henry

3/9/1839 - 10/27/1889
Home Town: Berks County, PA
Rank: Brigadier General
Military Branch: Army
Unit: 40th Massachusetts Infantry
Conflict: American Civil War
Location of Casualty: Home, Washingon D.C.
Burial Site: Arlington Cemetary, Section 2, Site Lot 990
Medals: Medal of Honor

Born at Fort Smith, Indian Territory (now Arkansas), March 9, 1839, he graduated from West Point on May 5, 1861 and served throughout the Civil War and Indian Wars as Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel and Brigadier General in the Regular Army.

He received successive brevets for gallantry in various battles and was breveted Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for gallantry at Rose Bud, Montana, where he was shot through the face while fighting Indians.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor on December 5, 1893 for his Civil War Service at the battle of Cold Harbor on June 1, 1864 where he was serving as Colonel, 40th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

He was later Colonel of the all-black 10th U.S. Cavalry and was commanding Fort Assinniboine during the Spanish-American War in 1898. He served as military governor of Puerto Rico following that war.

Led the assaults of his brigade upon the enemy's works, where he had 2 horses shot under him.

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